Africa’s Great Civilisations 15 January 2022: Saturday on BBC Four

Origins – Series 1 Episode 1 of 6 – The award-winning film-maker and academic Henry Louis Gates Jr travels the length and breadth of Africa to explore the continent’s epic history. In this first episode, Gates focuses on the origins of human existence and looks at the anthropological and scientific discoveries that point to Africa as the genetic home of all currently living humanity. He then traces the roots of agriculture, writing, artistic expression and iron working to their birthplaces on the African continent.



About Africa’s Great Civilisations

Henry Louis Gates Jr takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century.

This show is broadcast on BBC Four, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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